Top 15 Safest and Most Dangerous Cars

mcdivitt-best-worst-carsThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released an article discussing how improved vehicle designs are decreasing car accident fatalities. In the article the IIHS provided which vehicles had the lowest rates of driver deaths and which ones had the highest rates of driver deaths from 2011 and equivalent earlier models, 2009-2012, as follows:

Cars with Lowest Rates of Driver Deaths

1. Audi A4 4WD luxury car midsize 0 deaths
2. Honda Odyssey minivan very large 0 deaths
3. Kia Sorento 2WD SUV midsize 0 deaths
4. Lexus RX 350 4WD luxury SUV midsize 0 deaths
5. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WD luxury SUV large 0 deaths
6. Subaru Legacy 4WD 4-door car midsize 0 deaths
7. Toyota Highlander hybrid 4WD SUV midsize 0 deaths
8. Toyota Sequoia 4WD SUV large 0 deaths
9. Volvo XC90 4WD luxury SUV midsize 0 deaths
10. Honda Pilot 4WD SUV midsize 2 deaths
11. Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4WD luxury SUV midsize 3 deaths
12. Ford Crown Victoria 4-door car very large 4 deaths
13. GMC Yukon 4WD SUV large 4 deaths
14. Acura TL 2WD luxury car midsize 5 deaths
15. Chevrolet Equinox 2WD SUV midsize 5 deaths

Cars with Highest Rates of Driver Deaths

1. Kia Rio 4-door car mini 149 deaths
2. Nissan Versa sedan 4-door car small 130 deaths
3. Hyundai Accent 4-door car mini 120 deaths
4. Chevrolet Aveo 4-door car mini 99 deaths
5. Hyundai Accent 2-door car mini 86 deaths
6. Chevrolet Camaro coupe sports car large 80 deaths
7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD pickup large 79 deaths
8. Honda Civic 2-door car small 76 deaths
9. Nissan Versa hatchback 4-door car small 71 deaths
10. Ford Focus 4-door car small 70 deaths
11. Nissan Cube station wagon small 66 deaths
12. Chevrolet HHR station wagon small 61 deaths
13. Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2WD SUV very large 60 deaths
14. Chevrolet Aveo station wagon mini 58 deaths
15. Mercury Grand Marquis 4-door car very large 57 deaths


The fatality numbers are taken from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System. For an interesting comparison check out the IIHS’s highest and lowest death rates by model from 1989, the first year they began publishing this information.

Interesting Statistics Regarding Car Models

The IIHA study looked at vehicle designs from 1985-2012. According to the IIHS article, there were almost 8,000 fewer driver deaths in 2012 than if vehicles had remained the same structurally as they were in 1985. Additionally, there were 28 driver deaths per million for 2011 models in 2012, compared to 48 million for 2008 models in 2009. Furthermore, as of 2007, there were no reports of models with fatality rates of zero. This year, there were nine.

Additionally, drivers of SUVs are less likely to die in a car crash as opposed to other types of vehicles according to the IIHS. As you may recall, in 2005, SUVs had a much higher rate of death due to their tendency to roll over. Six SUVs were included in the highest rates of driver deaths that year. This year, only one is listed in the top 15. The reasoning behind the increased safety—electronic stability control (ESC), which has drastically lessened the risk of rollover crashes in all types of vehicles.

This year mini and small cars made up a majority of the worst cars for fatalities. The main reasoning here—small cars can’t protect themselves from larger ones. According to the IIHS, death rates usually go down as the size of the car goes up.

Unfortunately, even if you have one of the safer vehicles, auto accidents happen. If you are in an auto accident and have been injured contact a Colorado accident attorney today. The Team at McDivitt Law Firm is here to work with you.

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